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6 tips to reduce your feeding bill

As horse owners we only want the best for our horses, yet we all know that owning and caring for a horse can be expensive. Now more than ever, many people are looking for a way to feed their horse that meets all their nutritional needs but is also economical.

 Here are my 6 tips for feeding more economically

  1. Avoid overfeeding

Many people overfeed their horses and exceed their daily energy requirements, which can mean wasting money (and can create other problems such as obesity). Use feed XL to check if you are overfeeding your horse and see where you can make changes

  1. Maximise access to pasture and forage

There are so many complete feeds on the market that vary in price and quality. But you may be surprised to know that many horses don’t actually require a complete feed and will meet their energy and nutritional requirements by a forage/fibre-based diet supported by a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement. Ensuring your horses diet is balanced is important for overall immune function, hoof condition, bone and tissue health, skin and coat condition and so on. If you have access to pasture and hay then you may be able to ditch the complete feed and add a vitamin and mineral supplement like Digestive VM to ensure their diet is still balanced. NB not all vitamins and mineral supplements balance so it’s important you check this

  1. Avoid wastage

Use slow hay nets/ hay containers on the ground so that hay lasts longer and is not wasted

  1. Rethink the added protein

Adding protein to some horse’s diets is just not needed. So many fibre /forages are a great source of protein. Many complete feeds use “protein meal” which is likely to be a lower quality source of protein that isn’t adding much value to your horse’s diet, yet you are paying for it.

  1. Trickle feed

Feeding efficiency in horses is improved if they are trickle fed rather than meal fed. In other words, if you are trying to get weight on a horse or maintain weight on a hardworking horse, the feed offered will be digested more efficiently if the hard feeds are split over 4 feeds rather than the usual 1 or 2. Obviously the horse needs continuous access to roughage to prevent digestive dysfunction and colic.

  1. Stop guessing
Use FeedXL to create a fibre based diet with a vitamin and mineral supplement like Digestive VM to see if all nutritional requirements are met without adding anything else

 

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